Questioning and Mathematics

It is important for Mathematics teacher to ask questions in class. They should spent about 30% of the time answering questions. The questions should be able to provoke deeper understanding the lessons.  Teachers should move from knowledge dispenser to knowledge constructor. It is important to think about the possible questions to be asked so as to bring about deeper learning in the students.  When doing the analysis of the conversation in class, it is possible to consider the following coding schemes:

(1) Understanding Students’ Thinking
Telling Answer, Asked closed questions, request explanation, pressing for vigour
Best Practices
Constructs knowledge from conjectures, Facilitates reasoning

(2) Yes / No, Name/ state, Describe/ explain questions (Hiebert et al, 1999)




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